Monday, April 1, 2013

I love the nightlife in India. And it's more fun in Ahmedabad.


Too many things happened in this long, exhausting, interesting and enjoyable day in the under-the-radar state of Gujarat, in India, living a Travelife.

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I don't even know where to start telling a million stories.

Read the best of our stories on this trip to India in upcoming issues of Travelife Magazine, of course.

These blog entries are just the side stories to the real content we so painstakingly put together for one of the best travel magazines in our part of the world.

WALKING AN OLD TOWN AT NIGHT



One of the most interesting things today, however, was a walking tour at 10 PM in an old town in Gujarat.

Highly recommended if you ever find yourself in this part of the world -- a world so remote, even for me in my never-ending Travelife.

A GREAT DINNER AT THE HYATT.
JUST WHAT WE WANTED.

Last night began with a lovely dinner at the Collage restaurant of the Hyatt Hotel in Ahmedabad.



It's a very new hotel that's furnished very tastefully and artistically, although it is not a hotel within the more upmarket Hyatt hotels categories such as the Park Hyatt or the Grand Hyatt brands.

I really liked its modern and yet culturally sensitive interiors. This is definitely the place to stay in Ahmedabad for the upmarket traveler.

My first course last night. So glad they had my favorite hummus!


THE BEST SHOPPING IN AHMEDABAD


It's also right next to the most upmarket mall in Ahmedabad.

So even if my friend was dying of hunger already, I'd dragged him into the mall frst for a bit of shopping.


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There was a department store inside with not inexpensive prices, especially for India; so we reckoned this was their equivalent of Harrod's in London, Lane Crawford in Hong Kong or Wako in Tokyo.

Here, I bought more of those jewel-colored clothes India is famous for, and that I love so much -- all while he waited patiently for me to choose colors and fabrics.

GIVE ME A LITTLE INSPIRATION

Cows roam the streets at night, undisturbed

Then, on the spur of the moment, I had an idea to join the walking tour that begins every evening at 10 PM.

It would be so special to see the old part of this ever so cultured city we were in, by night and on foot. At least this was how I rationalized it to my friend.

Fortunately he's as game as I am.

I LOVE THE NIGHTLIFE...



So after dinner, we set off with our cameras to meet our guide for our wonderful walking tour. It took an hour and we went into the heart of the old town.

I'd seen the old town in the daytime, earlier this morning, and it was simply fascinating.



At night, it took on a whole new character.

We were also the only tourists in the whole area, as far as we could tell. In fact, we were the only tourists wherever we went today.

That's how under the radar this place is, although it's up for UNESCO World Heritage status soon.



I'm going to let some of the photos do the talking, for once, as I'm simply exhausted.

But please do remember that I've saved the best stories and photographs for upcoming issues of Travelife Magazine, of course.


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Read more about our trip to India
in an upcoming issue of Travelife Magazine

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Indeed. No one travels like us. Or writes like us. And that's why we're #1.

Good night for now, from truly incredible India.




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